Bastrop County Bar to present 1883 murder trial

In December 1883, Lee County’s deputy sheriff was killed in McDade in a shooting believed to have ignited the city’s infamous Christmas Eve lynchings.

A year after the shooting, a man was indicted for the murder, but questions about his guilt remained.

The Bastrop County Bar Association will revisit the case next month as part of “The State of Texas v. Jeff Fitzpatrick: An 1883 Murder Trial in Three Historically Accurate Acts.”

Members of the local bar association will serve as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in the presentation, which is scheduled for May 3-4 at Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St., in Bastrop.


The Saturday performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 3 following cocktails (6 p.m.) and dinner (7 p.m.). Tickets are $75.

The Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $15.

Net proceeds go to the Bastrop County Bar Association Scholarship Fund.

Tickets can be purchased at For more information, call 512-581-0061.


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